Steve Benen has perhaps the best example ever:

In a Congress when Republicans’ obstructionist tactics have become scandalous, and a discredited GOP minority has effectively shut down the American policymaking process, Sen. Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama still stands out for his brazenness. Shelby, you’ll recall, placed a blanket hold on several dozen administration nominees, holding them hostage until the senator was paid off in earmarked pork. He eventually backed off, at least in part, though he continues to block Senate votes on three top positions in the Air Force.

CNN’s Dana Bash asked the right-wing senator yesterday whether his actions are justified.

BASH: I spoke with Geoff Morrell over at the Pentagon and just asked him what the impact is of not having these three people in place — one of whom, as you know, is the number two at the Air Force. He said, “Without these people, we’re not firing on all cylinders.” And he also said, “It does adversely affect the organization.”

Are you worried about that? This is a time of war —

SHELBY: The Pentagon is a big place. I don’t think one or two will affect anything except on the margins.

BASH: Do you think that the nominees you have holds on are qualified?

SHELBY: Oh, I don’t have any idea.

Can you imagine if a Democrat had said that when Bush was president?

Kathy Kattenburg
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Polimom
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Why does everything have to be described through a partisan prism?

“Can you imagine if a Democrat had said that when Bush was president?”

Sigh… yes, I can imagine it. Takes no effort whatsoever, since it would look *exactly* the same as it does right now. Just different voices complaining.

BarkyBree
Guest

I would love to see the statistics on this. Tried googling around this morning, couldn’t find what I was looking for. I did find this, though, even Fox Business News doesn’t talk favorably of Shelby: http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/republican-senator-holds-obama-nominees-tanker-dispute/

The question I have is: what are the records of held-up nominees of Pres. Clinton, Pres. Bush, & Pres. Obama’s administrations. I would suspect that the GOP held up more of Clinton’s & Obama’s than the Dems held up Bush’s.

Famously there was the Gang of 14 incident over federal jurists during Bush’s term, but I suspect the GOP would still hold the lead. And here’s my partisan shot: because they have no integrity.

jchem
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Can you imagine if a Democrat had said that when Bush was president?

And can you imagine how many posts Kathy would need to defend said Democrat?

Sigh…all this talk about bipartisanship and broken government, yet it seems some in the “talk radio blogosphere political culture” enjoy emulating the loudmouths.

$199537
Guest

Ethically I don’t see the distinction between Shelby’s actions and the actions of Landrieu and Nelson on the Senate Health Care bill.

DLS
Guest

“can you imagine how many posts Kathy would need to defend said Democrat”

… whom she’d call a “Senator” (if not “distinguished” or “esteemed” Senator), rather than “liberal” or “left-wing” Senator, to name just one additional obvious detail.

Kathy is our resident liberal “light-bulb” contributor:

How many threads will Kathy post bashing [non-liberal object of disturbance X]?

(The same is true for this liberal site, to a lesser degree.)

imavettoo
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This liberal site? You, my friend are delusional.

JIM SATTERFIELD
Member

I actually had to give DaGoat a like on his comment concerning Nelson and Landrieu. But admitting that he has no idea if they’re qualified is just amazing.

Polimom
Guest

I agree, Jim. Pretty pathetic that he doesn’t know if they’re qualified.

OTOH, I’m at least equally disgusted that many congresscritters don’t know what’s in the bills they pass.

DLS
Guest

I guess spreading the bribes equitably to all the states as is the case now makes it moot (or was it too difficult for some, all along?) to note the earlier situation with Nelson and Landrieu.

Leonidas
Guest

I will be happy to bash any Democrats who bash the concept of governance and the common good

That would be almost all of them, they bash it and beat its brains out on the rocks, same with most republicans. Of course we likely have different definitions of “the common good” there is not a whole lot of consensus out their on this loosely used term. Conservatives, Moderates, Progressives, Libertarians, Independents, Neo Conservatives, Paleo Conservatives, Liberals, Socialists, Communists, Christian Democrats, Greens, everyone has a different take on this, and even within those camps.

DLS
Guest

“I will stop bashing conservatives when they stop bashing the concept of governance and the common good.”

Sounds like China’s attitude toward those wayward-island-provincial counter-revolutionary splittists.

obamaiscarter
Guest

“In a Congress when Republicans’ obstructionist tactics have become scandalous, and a discredited GOP minority has effectively shut down the American policymaking process.”

Give me a break. As George Will rightly stated, the only time we hear such melodramatic crying is when the left’s agenda is stymied.

imavettoo
Guest

George Will never states anything unless it’s “rightly”. We could only hope he would state something correctly. What a right wing hack. (And you people consider liberals “Elitist”!

DLS
Guest

1. “spreading the bribes equitably to all the states”

Will that be enough, though? The latest Medicaid effects are going to be like this, and Medicare is known to be cannibalized, too, to expand federal entitlements to others.

The 3.25% Medicaid pay cut scheduled to take effect April 1 in Oklahoma will lead most of the state’s physicians to stop seeing at least some Medicaid patients, according to recent survey responses from more than 200 doctors.

16.9% would continue to accept new Medicaid patients
45.9% would stop seeing new Medicaid patients
37.2% would stop seeing all Medicaid patients

http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/03/01/gvsf0301.htm

2. “the only time we hear such melodramatic crying”

“broken” “frozen” (currently)

“divided government” (1980s after Republicans got into the White House; after 1994 elections)

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